Guelph Gryphons
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UniversityUniversity of Guelph
AssociationU Sports
ConferenceOntario University Athletics
Athletic directorScott McRoberts
LocationGuelph, Ontario
Varsity teams23
Football stadiumAlumni Stadium
ArenaGryphon Centre
MascotGryph
NicknameGryphs
ColoursRed, gold, and black
     
Websitewww.gryphons.ca

The Guelph Gryphons are the athletic teams that represent the University of Guelph in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. The university's varsity teams compete in the Ontario University Athletics conference of the U Sports and, where applicable, in the west division. The university teams are often referred to as the Gryphs, which is short for the school's mascot, Gryph, the gryphon.

Varsity teams

Men's Gryphons goalie during 2012-13 hockey season.
Men's Gryphons goalie during 2012-13 hockey season.

Guelph Gryphons teams compete in:

Baseball

Established in 1998, the baseball team is not one of the school's most well known programs.[1] Although the team does produce a varsity team, it does not receive the same recognition as the football, or even basketball teams. Much like football, the team has an early season starting from the first week of September for a month straight until October. Since it is a short schedule of 21 games and only one month for play, the league often schedules two games per day. University baseball in the OUA is growing and currently eight universities compete, four of which qualify for the playoffs and championship.[2] However, unlike many varsity sports the baseball team does not compete in the CIS. The team does, however, try to compete in the CIBA (Canadian Intercollegiate Baseball Association). In 2012, the Gryphons baseball team established a new team wins record by obtaining 14 wins in regular season play.[3] The Gryphons finished second in the OUA standings and it meant that the team would advance to the OUA playoffs for the first time since 2004.[4] In the playoffs, the Gryphons started strong by defeating Western before dropping the next to Toronto in a nail biter for a chance at a place in the final. The team would lose the semi final to Brock to close out the season in third place.[5]

Men's basketball

Garney Henley took over as head coach for the Basketball team in the 1965-66 season taking it from an intramural program to a varsity contender. In the 1973-74 season, the team entered the CIAU National Basketball championship as a wild card team. The team won the National Basketball Game for the first time in the school's history beating St. Mary's University with the final score of 74-72.

The team competes in the OUA West division along with the university's longtime rival, the University of Western Ontario.[6] The team plays its games from October to February of the following year. Generally, the team is hand-picked by scouts from various high schools trying to fill a 16-man roster. However, tryouts may be held at the beginning of the school year for the last spot on the team. Pre-season practices, workouts, and tryouts often happen prior to the start of the season, which is held in late October. During the off-season, the team competes in various exhibition games and tournaments against college teams in Ontario, and sometimes teams from the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

Women's basketball

The women's basketball team was established in 1979 and competes in the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) west division.[7] The team's season runs from November to February, playing over thirty games within this period.

Field hockey

The women's field hockey team was established in 1979.[8] There are nine teams that compete in this sport and only one division exists. The team plays from September to November. 25 games are played within this time, and only fourteen of these games are officially recorded by the OUA.

Men's ice hockey

Men's Gryphons action during 2012-13 hockey season.
Men's Gryphons action during 2012-13 hockey season.

The men's ice hockey team dates back to the early days of collegiate hockey in North America. The team was originally known as the Ontario Agricultural College hockey team. As the OAC, the team competed as early as the 1899-1900 Ontario Hockey Association Intermediate season and transitioned to the University of Guelph Gryphons while sitting out the 1963-64 season. The Gryphons won the University Cup in 1997, emblematic of Canadian scholastic hockey supremacy. The Gryphons have also won league titles in 1976, 1979, 1980, 1994, 1997 and 2015.

Season-by-season results

Note: GP = Games Played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime Losses, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against

Season GP W L T OTL GF GA Points Finish Playoffs
1961-62 10 1 5 4 - 37 54 6 3rd QOAA-W DNQ
1962-63 12 5 7 0 - -- -- 10 2nd QOAA-W DNQ
1963-64 Did Not Pariticpate
1964-65 16 1 13 2 - 50 104 4 9th QOAA DNQ
1965-66 16 2 13 1 - 43 92 5 9th QOAA DNQ
1966-67 16 2 13 1 - 51 115 5 9th QOAA DNQ
1967-68 16 3 12 1 - 45 87 7 7th QOAA DNQ
1968-69 15 1 13 1 - 47 109 3 6th QOAA-W DNQ
1969-70 15 5 7 3 - 54 62 13 4th QOAA-W DNQ
1970-71 15 5 8 2 - 52 54 12 3rd QOAA-W
1971-72 19 11 7 1 - 79 68 23 2nd OUAA-W Lost Semi-final
1972-73 17 9 6 2 - 105 78 20 3rd OUAA-W DNQ
1973-74 18 10 6 2 - 117 82 22 3rd OUAA-W Lost Quarter-final
1974-75 17 7 8 2 - 97 80 16 5th OUAA-W DNQ
1975-76 20 14 6 0 - 126 99 28 2nd OUAA-W Won League, Lost CIAU Final
1976-77 20 9 7 4 - 89 90 22 2nd OUAA-W Lost Semi-final
1977-78 20 3 15 2 - 69 128 8 5th OUAA-W DNQ
1978-79 16 10 3 3 - 82 65 23 1st OUAA-W Won League, Lost CIAU SF
1979-80 22 13 6 3 - 147 91 29 5th OUAA Won League, Lost CIAU SF
1980-81 22 13 6 3 - 98 68 29 4th OUAA
1981-82 22 14 6 2 - 134 79 30 2nd OUAA
1982-83 24 11 11 2 - 130 110 24 7th OUAA
1983-84 24 14 10 0 - 131 112 28 4th OUAA
1984-85 24 13 8 3 - 130 111 29 6th OUAA Lost Quarter-final
1985-86 24 9 13 2 - 110 128 20 8th OUAA DNQ
1986-87 24 8 14 2 - 92 137 18 8th OUAA Lost Quarter-final
1987-88 26 6 18 2 - 100 158 14 6th OUAA-C DNQ
1988-89 26 7 15 4 - 102 142 18 6th OUAA-C DNQ
1989-90 22 10 12 0 - 102 100 20 5th OUAA-W Lost Quarter-final
1990-91 22 11 10 1 - 97 90 23 5th OUAA-W Lost Quarter-final
1991-92 22 15 7 0 - 142 94 30 3rd OUAA-W Lost Semi-final
1992-93 22 16 5 1 - 131 74 33 1st OUAA-W Lost Final, Lost CIAU SF
1993-94 26 15 10 1 - 120 99 31 1st OUAA-ME Won League, Lost CIAU Final
1994-95 26 16 7 3 - 122 79 35 1st OUAA-ME Lost Final, Lost CIAU Final
1995-96 26 16 10 0 - 103 93 32 1st OUAA-ME
1996-97 26 21 4 1 - 133 63 43 1st OUAA-ME Won League, Won CIAU
1997-98 26 17 5 4 - 138 70 38 1st OUA-ME
1998-99 26 11 10 5 - 94 80 27 1st OUA-ME
1999-00 26 10 12 4 - 76 86 24 1st OUA-ME Lost Division Final
2000-01 24 11 11 2 - 85 100 24 3rd OUA-MW Lost Division Final
2001-02 24 11 12 1 - 79 78 23 2nd OUA-MW Lost Quarter-final
2002-03 24 6 17 1 - 82 116 13 4th OUA-MW DNQ
2003-04 24 8 12 2 2 78 116 20 4th OUA-MW DNQ
2004-05 24 8 11 4 1 73 98 21 3rd OUA-MW Lost Conf. Quarter-final
2005-06 24 7 14 3 0 83 107 17 4th OUA-MW DNQ
2006-07 28 7 14 3 4 85 122 21 4th OUA-MW DNQ
2007-08 28 12 13 - 3 82 91 27 3rd OUA-MW DNQ
2008-09 28 14 12 - 2 88 95 30 2nd OUA-MW Lost Conf. Quarter-final
2009-10 28 14 12 - 2 88 95 30 5th OUA-W Lost Conf. Semi-final
2010-11 28 15 10 - 3 93 85 33 4th OUA-W Lost Conf. Final
2011-12 28 9 14 - 5 89 100 23 7th OUA-W Lost Conf. Quarter-final
2012-13 28 17 9 - 2 93 76 36 4th OUA-W Lost Conf. Semi-Final
2013-14 28 12 12 - 2 90 100 28 8th OUA-W Lost Conf. Quarter Final
2014-15 27 11 13 - 3 100 95 25 6th OUA-W Won OUA
2015-16 27 16 11 - 1 4th OUA-W
2016-17 32 17 15 - 0 Lost Conf. Semi-final
2017-18 28 24 11 - 0 Lost Conf. Semi-final

Notable alumni

Women's ice hockey

Main article: Guelph Gryphons women's ice hockey

The women's ice hockey team was established in 1979.[10] There are currently 11 teams that compete in the OUA and thus only one division exists. The team plays from September to February. 26 OUA games are played within this time, with several exhibition games played before and sometimes during the regular season. In the 2016/17 season, the Gryphons repeated as OUA champions, with a convincing 6-1 win on home ice over the Nipissing Lakers, to lift the McCaw Cup.[11]

Football

Main article: Guelph Gryphons football

The Guelph Gryphons football team has been in competition since 1950 and is considered to be the biggest sport at the university.[12] The football team has a nine-week schedule which starts in late August to the last week of October, followed by the OUA playoffs which run within the first three weeks of November. Unlike other sports, there are only 11 schools that compete in OUA football, so there is only one division. The team usually has 60 to 80 varsity athletes however, not all will have the opportunity to play for the team. The recruitment process is very similar to other major sports at the University of Guelph. Players are generally hand-picked by coaches and scouts while they play for their respective high school teams.

Men's lacrosse

The University of Guelph's men's lacrosse team participates in the Canadian University Field Lacrosse Association (CUFLA). They have won the championship, known as the Baggataway Cup, five times - in 1995, 2000, 2008, 2013 and 2014.[13][14]

The Baggataway Cup is not affiliated with the OUA.

Women's lacrosse

In 1997, the University of Guelph put together their first women's lacrosse team.[15] The lacrosse team competes from September to November. Within this time the team plays fifteen games, with only twelve of these recorded by the OUA.

Women's rugby

The women's rugby team formed in 1994.[16] The team competes in the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) Shiels division. The team's season spans from September to November. The team plays twelve games each season, but only five are recorded in the OUA standings. The Gryphons women's rugby team finished the 2008-2009 year with a perfect 5-0 record. The Guelph Gryphons have been working towards a National Gold metal for the past four years earning Bronze at the CIS championships between 2007-2010. Finally finishing their 2011-2012 season with Gold, they returned from the national University 7's tournament in BC receiving their second Gold for the 2011-2012 season.

Men's soccer

The men's soccer team started in 1979.[17] The current team consists of a total of 23 players, one coach, four assistants, two trainers, one manager, and one sports informer. The season has 14 games from September to October, with the post-season lasting through November.[18] The OUA has 17 participating schools around Ontario. In 1990, the Gryphons won their first OUA title defeating the Toronto Varsity Blues 1–0 in the championship game at Alumni Stadium.[19] After defeating Mount Allison in the CIAU Semis, the Gryphons met the defending champion, UBC Thunderbirds, in the CIAU final but dropped a 2–1 decision before a record crowd at home.

In the 2016/2017 season, the Guelph Gryphons Men's Soccer team were crowned OUA champions in a 3-1 win over the rival York Lions.[20] This represents their first OUA title since 1990.

Men's volleyball

The men's volleyball team at the University of Guelph had its first year of in the OUA in 1979.[21] The 2010 team consists of 18 men from all around Canada, one coach, four assistants, one trainer, and one sports informer.[18] The team's season consists of 20 games and runs from October to February while playoffs last until the end of February. The OUA currently contains 11 competing teams from universities all over Ontario.[19] Some highlights throughout the years has been in 2003–2004 where the Gryphons finished with a 13–5 record for 2nd place and were ranked as high as 8th in the CIS. This marked their best finish since 1982–83 when Guelph finished second in the OUA West Division. The Gryphs won their semi-final series against Western in two straight matches but later lost to the Toronto Varsity Blues. In the 2016/2017 season, the Guelph Gryphons achieved a bronze medal.

Women's volleyball

The women's volleyball team was established in 1979 at the University of Guelph.[22] They compete in the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) West Division. The team's season runs from September to February, including approximately eight tournaments and twenty matches. They have yet to win an OUA championship.

Awards and honors

Athletes of the Year

Year Female Athlete Sport Male Athlete Sport
2014-15[24] Carise Thompson Cross Country Ross Proudfoot Cross Country
2015-16[25] Valérie Lamenta Ice hockey John Rush Football
2016-17[26] Ashley Connell Track and Field Tommy Land Track and Field
2017-18 [27] Sarah Hammond Track and Field Tommy Land Track and Field
2018-19 [28] Jenna Westaway Track and Field Jace Kotsopoulos Soccer
2019-20 [29] Zoe Sherar Track and Field Job Reinhart Football and Wrestling

See also

References

  1. ^ "University of Guelph Gryphons- Baseball History" (PDF). gryphons.ca.
  2. ^ http://oua.commer.com/?t=teams.tpl&sportName=Baseball&genderId=1&sid=&tid=all[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Gryphs Set Team Record with 14th Win of the Season and Prepare for the OUA Playoffs". University of Guelph Athletics.
  4. ^ "Gryphons move to 12-5 with a 3-win Weekend and Clinch Playoff Spot". University of Guelph Athletics.
  5. ^ "OUA Baseball Championship - Day Two Recap". University of Guelph Athletics.
  6. ^ http://gryphons.ca/documents/2010/7/19/Men_s_Basketball_-_History.pdf[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "University of Guelph Gryphons- Women's Basketball History" (PDF). gryphons.ca.
  8. ^ "University of Guelph Gryphons- Field Hockey History" (PDF). gryphons.ca.
  9. ^ "Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Ken Lockett". www.legendsofhockey.net.
  10. ^ "University of Guelph Gryphons- Womens Hockey History" (PDF). gryphons.ca.
  11. ^ "WHKY: Gryphons Repeat as OUA Champions with 6-1 Win Over Nipissing". University of Guelph Athletics.
  12. ^ "University of Guelph Gryphons- Football History" (PDF). gryphons.ca.
  13. ^ "Canadian University Field Lacrosse powered by GOALLINE.ca". cufla.ca.
  14. ^ "University of Guelph Gryphons- Men's Lacrosse History" (PDF). gryphons.ca.
  15. ^ "University of Guelph Gryphons- Women's Lacrosse History" (PDF). gryphons.ca.
  16. ^ "University of Guelph Gryphons- Women's Rugby History" (PDF). gryphons.ca.
  17. ^ "University of Guelph Gryphons- Men's Soccer History" (PDF). gryphons.ca.
  18. ^ a b "Guelph Athletics Landing Page". gryphons.ca.
  19. ^ a b "Ontario University Athletics". Ontario University Athletics.
  20. ^ "MSCR: Gryphons Crowned OUA Champs With 3-1 Win Over York". University of Guelph Athletics.
  21. ^ "University of Guelph Gryphons- Men's Volleyball History" (PDF). gryphons.ca.
  22. ^ "University of Guelph Gryphons- Women's Volleyball History" (PDF). gryphons.ca.
  23. ^ "Gryphons Represented with Four Major Award Winners at OUA's 2018-19 AGM". gryphons.ca/. 2019-05-15. Retrieved 2021-07-12.
  24. ^ "2015 Gryphons Athletic Banquet: Proudfoot & Thompson Named Gryphon Athletes of the Year". gryphons.ca/. 2015-03-27. Retrieved 2021-07-12.
  25. ^ "2016 Guelph Gryphons Awards Ceremony Summary". gryphons.ca. 2016-04-01. Retrieved 2021-07-12.
  26. ^ "2016-17 Gryphon Athletic Banquet". gryphons.ca/. 2017-03-31. Retrieved 2021-07-14.
  27. ^ "2017-18 Gryphon Athletic Banquet". gryphons.ca/. 2018-03-29. Retrieved 2021-07-12.
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  29. ^ "2019-20 Gryphon Athletic Banquet". gryphons.ca/. 2020-04-05. Retrieved 2021-07-13.
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